Sweet Baby Meredith | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

Sigh. Another sweet baby, another sweet family. Meredith came to visit me last month and even though it was a bit of work to get her asleep and still, it was worth every minute. Big brother Felix was an adorable blonde darling and mama Jennifer was beyond gorgeous, it was a pleasure meeting them. Yep, sigh.

Everyone, meet sweet baby Meredith (love all the classic names I’ve been seeing lately!)

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Personal | 15 years

July 2003 and May 2018

About 15 years ago (in May 2003), before social media, smart phones, Netlflix, the financial crash and skinny jeans, I was a 20-year old girl living in Fredericton NB with 2 high school friends-turned-university roommates.  I had just finished my 2nd year of university at UNB and was about 8-months post-break up with my high school boyfriend of 2 years. I was looking for temporary work, thinking about moving back home for the summer (like one of my roommates just had) and was figuring things out. I was at a point in my life where I was starting to feel healed after being dumped (it was my first big breakup and it was BAD), and I was becoming pretty uninterested in dating or guys-I figured it was time to stop looking for acceptance and learn how to be alone after a few foolish and depressing months of floundering in the ‘dating scene’.

And then one day in walked in this shaggy, tall boy with ill-fitting clothes, a bass and a few boxes of grubby items. He was to be my new (subletting) roommate, the cousin of my roommate who had just moved home for the summer. He was quiet, moody and a bit down it seemed, but he was friendly and obviously smart. We started hanging out (as you would with someone who was now living with you), and over about a month or so the hanging out quickly became flirting (I cringe to think of this now but we totally did the ‘let me teach you how to play bass by reaching around your shoulders and moving your hands’ thing) and then one night after a few drinks, well…it’s not romantic but you get the idea. We don’t agree on who leaned in first for that initial kiss, but I suppose in the end it doesn’t matter because after an insanely infatuated summer together (and yet apart as I moved home to Sussex for a job), the course was set for us and we’ve together ever since.

I’ve been thinking about this milestone for a couple months now, in complete shock that this much time has passed but also so grateful that we made it this far. (I’ve been randomly looking over at Dan and saying ’15 years!’ like he doesn’t get the passage of time.) There’s a huge difference between being 20 and 35 years old and yet we made it through growing up together; figuring out school and jobs and eventually careers, moving and being apart for months at a time, having no money and then having a bit of money (always just a bit), getting married and deciding on having kids, the struggle to have that first one (and the shock of how quickly we had the second one), me starting a business and the support that goes with that, and so many ebbs and flows that I can’t possibly remember them all. We’ve had times where we were naturally less close (those early years with kids come to mind, at least for me), but through it all we kept coming back to each other and now we are on this path closer than ever. It’s not a reach to say that he’s the foundation of my life and I am unashamed in admitting that our relationship has the biggest influence on my happiness and mood. We’ve been very lucky in life together so far, without any major conflict or pain or challenge, but when that does eventually happen (as it does with any life) I know that we’ll be ready for it because we have 15 years under our belts, and hopefully many more to go.

So here’s to drunken hook-ups with roommates, and the resulting true love that can happen.

Happy 15 years babe, so happy you walked in the door.

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Personal | #Communityovercompetition – Maternity Model Call with EHP & VP

I’ve been in business for 8 years now, which sometimes feel like forever and I feel like I belong to another ‘time’ when it comes to photography. The industry has changed so much over the last half decade and there are more talented working photographers around than ever; this can be scary to someone like me, but I have been fortunate enough over the past couple of years (who knows how long now?!) to be a part of a great group of local photographers who I consider friends and colleagues and definitely not competition. In fact, we actively encourage, refer, guide and help each other to be better, whether it be in our business or in our art. We have collaborated, held meetings, critiques, and have learned over time that’s it’s not just about working on an island, but being part of a larger photography community. I feel very lucky to be a part of this group.

ALL THAT TO SAY, last month I was part of a maternity model call with Carla of Enchanted Hill Photography and Brittany of Valley Photography. After a long winter we were feeling a little creatively stifled, so we decided to get together to do something a bit different. I love photographing maternity but I usually do it in more of a lifestyle type way (outdoor, etc). Brittany does as well so we wanted to explore doing more artistic, studio-based portraits. Carla is wonderful at this already and allowed us to use her studio and gowns for the event. We found 4 beautiful expectant mommas and had Patience Cole come in to do hair and make-up (she did a gorgeous job as always). The girls and I met up a couple weeks before and wrote out every single pose, outfit, light set-up and background so that the day flowed smoothly, and everything went perfectly, I was so pleased! My images definitely were the most…umm…naked, but I truly feel that all bodies are beautiful and nudity shouldn’t be something to shy away from, especially when doing the amazing task of carrying life! It was also fun to try new lighting techniques, poses and styling, being creative without any pressure is so good and necessary from time to time.

I will definitely be offering sessions like this int he future so if you are an expectant momma, know that this can be part of your Bump and Baby package, or simple a standalone maternity session (which I’ll probably offer at a slight discounted rate due to the nature of the images, so keep an out for that!)

These are a few of my favourite images that I took but be sure to check out Carla and Brittany’s pages as well to see their set-ups and images!

Photographers: Carla Bagley and Brittany Calder (and me)

Hair and Make-Up: Patience Cole Make-up Artistry

Models: Janelle (1st), Casey (top image and 2nd), Kaitelyn (3rd) and Monique (4th) <–All 4 ladies are expecting girls!

 

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Sweet Baby Briella | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

Oh little Briella, you were as adorable as your big brother Sam was 2 years ago and although you didn’t seep quite as well as he did, your session is still one of my recent favourites. Stay little for your mama a bit longer, ok?

Everyone, meet sweet baby Briella (Rose).

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Happy Birthday Maya! | New Brunswick Cake Smash Photographer

Sweet Maya came in as my first little model for the new “Just Celebrate!” package I created last year; some simple birthday set ups to celebrate a big milestone! I had a lot of fun styling her session and Angela over at Angela’s Stitches and Such created some adorable floral hoops as part of her custom birthday set.  Isn’t she just the prettiest little girl ever! And so cheeky too (once she warmed up to me).

Happy birthday Maya, welcome to 1!

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